College Historian Jack Lane. Photo by Judy Watson Tracy.

College Historian and Professor Emeritus of History Jack C. Lane ’06H introduces “Our Living Legacy” alumni panelists.
Photo by Judy Watson Tracy.



Rollins Rings in 125 Years

Alumni Experts Share Their Wisdom






Founders’ Week featured a series of Distinguished Alumni Panels addressing topics of government service, media and the arts, social advocacy, and business and entrepreneurship. Sixteen alumni experts discussed how they started in their fields, how their undergraduate experience at Rollins influenced their career paths, and how current students can achieve success in these industries.



Photos by Judy Watson Tracy.


Our Living Legacy

“The people who come into Foreign Service, where I’ve spent my career, have no set educational formula for what they do. The unifying elements are the passion for what they do, the ability to think critically, the ability to write, and the ability to express oneself. I’m a strong believer in acquiring those skills through a classic liberal arts education.” —Rust Deming ’64

Alumni Panelists:
• Hon. Rust Deming ’64, head of the U.S. State Department, Office of Japan Affairs, former ambassador to Tunisia
• Hon. Peter Fay ’51 ’71H, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
• Janis Hirsch ’72, executive producer, Will & Grace; television writer for shows including Murphy Brown, Frasier, and The Nanny
• John D. Race Sr. ’77 ’84MBA, partner, DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc.
• Renee Stone ’85, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
• Stacy Sharp Van Praagh ’93, president, Fendi, North America, Inc.





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Government Service

“Most campaigns, even at the national level, are by 20-somethings. It is completely non-hierarchical. If you can work an 18-hour day, you are part of the team.” —Renee Stone ’85

Alumni Panelists:
• Chauncey P. Goss II ’88, government and fiscal policy consultant
• Hon. Sydney Burt Goodwin ’60, former event coordinator at the residence of the U.S. Vice President, Executive Director of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation
• Hon. Rust Deming ’64, head of the U.S. State Department, Office of Japan Affairs, former ambassador to Tunisia
• Renee Stone ’85, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar





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Media and the Arts

“My advice is to say ‘yes’ to everything and don’t underestimate the power of networking. A major part of this industry is knowing the right people at the right time.” —Janis Hirsch ’72

Alumni Panelists:
• Janis Hirsch ’72, executive producer, Will & Grace; television writer for shows including Murphy Brown, Frasier, and The Nanny
• Matt Rothschild Dicker ’04, author, Dumbfounded
• Beth Lincks ’75, playwright, play Letters to Sala was performed at Rollins in February, 2011 (see profile)





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Business and Entrepreneurship

“Rollins taught me how to think, not what to think.” —Tony DeChellis ’84

Alumni Panelists:
• Stacy Sharp Van Praagh ’93, president, Fendi, North America, Inc.
• Anthony “Tony” DeChellis ’84, CEO of Private Banking for the Americas for Credit Suisse
• Lindsay Phillips ’07, business entrepreneur and founder of SwitchFlops





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Social Advocacy

“The sense of community and love for community is an important role in Winter Park and Rollins College. The two are very interchangeable: the love Rollins has for the community and the love that the community has for Rollins.” —Hal George ’76

Alumni Panelists:
• Elizabeth “Liz” Abrams ’00 ’05MA, social justice and peace activist
• Muriel Fox ’48, co-founder, National Organization for Women
• LeLaina Romero ’00, assistant professor of psychology, Lasell College
• Hal George ’76, founder and president of Winter Park-Maitland Affiliate, Habitat for Humanity





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